Harlan County couple honored with nature award

Harlan County couple honored with nature award

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission has awarded its highest honor to a Harlan County couple who revived an environmental education program.

The commission says in a news release that more than 75,000 students have passed through Pine Mountain Settlement School since it was taken over by Ben and Pat Begley in 1987. The Begleys have been presented with the commission's 17th annual Biological Diversity Protection Award.

The award is for "individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the discovery or protection of Kentucky's biological diversity," according to the commission.

The Begleys took over the school after it had been dormant for 15 years. They also led two annual spring wildflower weekends and one fall color weekend, and a forest study workshop.

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